Sweet Tomatoes Lemon Greek Penne Pasta

Sweet Tomatoes makes everything up nice and fresh, their Sweet Tomatoes Lemon Greek Penne Pasta is no exception.  Whenever you make up a fresh pasta sauce, it just tastes better.  I promise once you begin to make your own pasta sauces at home, picking up a jar of premade stuff, won’t be what comes to mind.

pasta with lemon cream sauce

You may be asking yourself, what makes this sauce so good?  If you like Alfredo sauce, this is a wonderful change.  Sometimes during the winter, if you are lucky enough to get a Meyer lemon, I would use one of those lemons if you have them available, but honestly, any fresh lemon will do.  Cheesy pasta sauce is a sauce that made me start making Copykat recipes years ago, so my heart always has a special place for a nice creamy pasta sauce.  I have a couple of tips for you.  Grate your Parmesan cheese fresh if you can, don’t use the stuff in the green jar, and often pre-shredded cheese doesn’t melt quite as well.  Special ingredients are added to shredded cheese to keep it seperated, and I find my sauce can be lumpy and the cheese won’t always melt if I don’t grate it myself.

Sweet Tomatoes Lemon Greek Penne Pasta

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This recipe is gluten free, if you want a gluten free meal, use pasta that does not contain gluten.

Sweet Tomatoes Lemon Greek Penne Pasta

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Main dish Recipes, Pasta Recipes
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:15 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Sweet Tomatoes Lemon Greek Penne Pasta

This is a light lemony pasta dish that goes well with fish, or even a chicken dish.


  • 12 ounces of dry penne pasta cooked according to package directions
  • 1 pint of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of butter (one stick or 1/4 pound)
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt to taste


Cook pasta according to package directions. In a medium sized sauce pan over medium-high heat melt butter, and add heavy cream. When the mixture begins to bubble stir in Parmesan cheese, and stir until well blended, and the cheese has melted. Add in lemon juice and lemon zest and stir. Season with black pepper and salt to taste.

In a bowl add cooked pasta and pour sauce over cooked pasta, mix well. You may wish to garnish your pasta dish with some additional Parmesan cheese, parsley, or even a couple of capers. This dish does not re-heat well, so plan on enjoying this dish in one setting. I love to serve this up with some fried chicken cutlets and a glass of white wine.

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  • Yayforme

    I did a healthier modification to this recipe. Instead of heavy cream, I used almond milk. Instead of butter, I used about a tablespoon of coconut oil. I thickened it with some cornstarch and used the above measurements for the rest. I also added capers.. yum yum. (Just incase anyone wants to make a lighter version) It turned out to be very delicious.

    • stephaniemanley

      Great suggestions, thank you!

    • Davida Rochelle

      Thanks to both for sharing. I will add mixed veggies to the lighter version. I never knew some of these dishes had so much fat in them. No wonder I had a stomach ache afterwards.

      • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

        Let me know how your dish tastes, it sounds like you are going to enjoy a special dinner.

  • Jmadrigal29

    Is this just the sauce they use for it? does it taste exactly or close enough to sweet tomatoes? I could of been mistaken but I thought I seen them put pesto in it

    • Anonymous

      I am not sure I understand your question. I made the recipe as close as the one that I tried from them. Now, they have 100s of recipes that they serve. So this was the recipe that I made in response to the one I tried. There wasn’t any pesto in the recipe I tried.

  • Judy

    I am off to the store to make this recipe for tomorrow and serve with a baked mustard brown sugar ham. It looks delicious.. Thanks for posting..

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I hope you enjoy this one. I really liked this pasta sauce.

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